Infanta Elena & Jaime de Marichalar

The marriage of Infanta Elena of Spain & Jaime de Marichalar Saeñz y Tejada - March 18, 1995

elena_jaimeInfanta Elena Maria Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbon y Grecia is the eldest daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. She was born in Madrid on December 20, 1963. Upon her marriage she was granted the title Duchess of Lugo for life.

Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada is the son of the Counts of Ripalda. He was born in Pamplona on April 7, 1963. Upon his marriage he was granted the title His Excellency The Duke of Lugo. Since his divorce he is no longer permitted to use this title or be considered a member of the Spanish royal family.

Family life

Elena and Jaime have two children:

Felipe Juan Froilan de Todos los Santos, born on July 17, 1998, and Victoria Federica, born on September 9, 2000, both in Madrid.


On January 21, 2010, the Court Decree dissolving, by common consent, the marriage between Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada was recorded at the Civil Register of the Royal Family.

The engagement

Elena and Jaime’s romance began in 1987 after they met in Paris, where Elena was studying French literature and Jaime was working in a bank.

The couple got engaged on November 23, 1994.

The wedding

Elena and Jaime were married in Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain on March 18, 1995 in front of 1,300 guests, including members of 38 royal families.

This was Spain's first royal wedding in 89 years – Elena’s parents were married in Greece, and her grandparents married in Italy.

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During their wedding ceremony, Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar exchanged thirteen gold coins, or arras, given to them as a gift by the city of Seville. The coins are a reproduction of the Tartessian treasure of El Carambolo, dating back to the origins of the city of Seville three millennia ago.


Infanta Elena's attire

elena_dressThe bride's dress

Infanta Elena’s dress was designed by Spanish designer Petro Valverde.

It had a square cut neckline, double skirt with a 4 meter-long veil embroidered with silk.

The bride’s jewelry

Infanta Elena wore the Marichalar diamond tiara, a neo-classical tiara with a laurel wreath topped by Greek keys, which was a gift from the groom's family.

She also wore a bracelet and earrings which were a gift from her paternal grandmother, the Countess of Barcelona.

The bridal bouquet

The bride carried a small, half-cascading bouquet made with champagne roses with other smaller sprigs.

After her wedding ceremony and cortege she offered the bouquet to her great-grandparents' tomb at El Salvador Church in Seville.

The wedding banquet

A sumptuous banquet was served to guests at the Real Alcázar in Seville.

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